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April 3, 2014
06:34 EDTMCD, BKW, WEN, JACK, DNKN, SONCStates moving on minimum wage hikes, NY Times says
Since President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage 14 months ago, seven states and Washington, DC have passed such an increase, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, 34 other state legislatures have started debating the issue and activists in another eight states are looking to get proposals for minimum wage increases on voter ballots, the newspaper stated. Companies that could be affected by minimum wage increases include McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN), Jack in the Box (JACK), Dunkin Donuts (DNKN), and Sonic Corporation (SONC). Reference Link
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July 22, 2014
07:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q2 EPS $1.40, consensus $1.44
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06:43 EDTBKW, MCDChina food scandal expands, ropes-in Starbucks, others, Reuters says
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July 21, 2014
17:50 EDTMCDMcDonald's stock doesn't look ready for gains, Barron's says
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16:22 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
15:30 EDTMCDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
15:22 EDTMCDMcDonald's technical comments before results
In the last three months the shares have traded essentially flat, off of the life high set at $103.78 earlier in the period. On a longer term basis the shares have had difficulty maintaining price above the $100 level. Going back to January 2012 there have been three distinct times this level has been attempted which have all failed. We could be seeing major topping action in the stock. How shares behave now will be critical for the next move. On stronger fundamental news, there could be a test to the old high that holds and gets built upon. That would require the shares take out at least the $105 area on the upside without retracing below $100 thereafter. On weaker news than expected the stock could enter a major decline given these three tops above $100. Triple tops often see deeper corrections follow. Support below the current price of $97.70 is at the $94.40 area. This level has held as support in the last few months. A break below would see the 52-week low at $92.22 as next support, followed by $89.85.
14:05 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's to return up to $20B to investors from 2014-2016
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11:00 EDTMCDStarbucks China says one of its suppliers got meat from Husi, Bloomberg reports
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09:10 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
06:22 EDTMCDMcDonald's July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
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05:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's, KFC face expired food scandal in China, AP reports
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July 18, 2014
10:48 EDTDNKNHigh option volume stocks
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10:03 EDTJACK, WENOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:03 EDTDNKNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:38 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:17 EDTWENWendy's initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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08:12 EDTDNKNDunkin' Q2 comp estimate lowered, downgraded to Neutral at Janney Capital
As previously reported, Janney Capital downgraded Dunkin' Brands to Neutral from Buy after the firm's channel checks prompted it to lower its Q2 same-store sales growth estimate for U.S. Dunkiní Donuts locations to 2.4%. The firm lowered its fair value estimate on the stock to $45 from $56, citing growing risks that Dunkiní Donuts' domestic SSS trends for the rest of the fiscal year may fall short of current Street expectations.
06:08 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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July 17, 2014
19:22 EDTJACKJack in the Box initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham
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09:05 EDTBKWCarrols Restaurant purchases 21 Burger King restaurants
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